August/September Wildcat (Newsletter)

The Wilson Wildcat

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August/September 2015

Wilson Office is Open 7:45 am – 3:30 pm                                                      Office Phone:      757-5987

                                                                                                                        Attendance Line: 757-5988

Calendar of Events


Thursday September 3rd Kindergarten Ice Cream Social 6:00 pm, Wildcat Park
Friday September 4th Class Rosters/Teacher assignments will be posted on the front windows of Wilson Elementary @ 4:00 pm
Tuesday September 8th Teacher Meet and Greet 2:30-3:30 pm – feel free to bring your class supplies to drop off in your classroom
Wednesday September 9th First Day of School – 1st – 5th GradePrincipal’s Coffee, 8:30-9:30 am in the Library
Wed. – Thurs September 9th & 10th Kindergarten Interviews
Mon.-Tues. September 14th – 15th Kindergarten Gentle Start
Tuesday September 15th PTA Monthly Meeting, meet-n-greet at 6:30 pm, meeting at 7:00 pm
Wednesday September 16th 1st day for all Kindergarten Wildcats
Thursday September 17th Back-To-School Picnic/Raffle, Hot dog meal served at no cost to Wilson students and families 5:00-6:00 p.m.CURRICULUM NIGHT TO FOLLOW THE PICNIC, 6:30 – 7:30 P.M.
Friday September 18th All School Assembly-Character Traits, 8:30 am, Wilson Gym
Wednesday September 23rd Dental Screening
Thursday October 8th PICTURE DAY


From the Principal        

Dear Wilson Wildcat Community,


Welcome back to an exciting 2015-16 school year at Wilson Elementary School!


Thank you for taking the time to read through the important information in this newsletter and partnering with us in preparing for the school year ahead. We are excited to inform you that we recently launched our new website that can be found at:


I am so proud to serve as the new principal and the opportunity lead our culture at Wilson Elementary. If you are a new family to Wilson, welcome!


During the month of August, I have been meeting with staff and families centered on our greatest priority at Wilson, which is safety.  While this includes some of the operational drills such as how to exit the building in an emergency, at Wilson we are passionately pursuing a broader definition where each of our students and staff are valued in a caring climate. We use positive approaches with teaching (and re-teaching) our school expectations. We are planning regular assemblies that emphasize and celebrate character traits such as kindness, creativity, and perseverance. I look forward to sharing our progress as the year progresses!


At Wilson, our mission is to engage our students in a rigorous and relevant core curriculum. This critical foundation is essential for future college and career readiness of our children. We hope all our families join us on September 17th for a community building school BBQ followed by our classroom focused curriculum night. Food (hot dogs, chips and watermelon) will be provided to Wilson students and families at no cost. Childcare will be provided at no cost for children preschool age and above.


In partnership with our dedicated PTA, our school is proud to support family/school connectedness, wellness, enriching learning, and fine arts programs. Both new beginnings and rich traditions would not be possible without our talented and hardworking parents, staff, and tremendous support of our Corvallis community.


A big thanks to our families that recently attended our first “Wildcat Chat” and our campus beautification day. Our school building and surrounding grounds are a source of pride and looking great!


Thank you again for your support in ensuring a high quality educational experience for your students. Here’s to a fantastic 2015-16 school year.

Go Wildcats!





Please see the message below from our District Transportation Department.  For the 2015-2016 school year, registrations to use the bus, either TO or FROM school, will be done online.  The message below includes the link to complete the bus registration process.


Bus Registration for the 2015-2016 School Year

The School Bus Registration Form for Corvallis School District students can now be completed ONLINE. .

If you plan for your student to ride the bus to and/or from school this year (2015/2016), you MUST complete this online form.  If something changes before school starts in September, you may complete the form again then. 

If you do not have computer access, your school office will have paper bus registration forms available.


From the PTA

A warm welcome Wilson families! Our first gathering of the year will be on Tuesday, September 15th with a meet-n-greet at 6:30 pm and the meeting beginning at 7 pm in the library. Child care is provided so please come, meet new friends, ask questions, and find out how you can be involved at Wilson.


Don’t miss the upcoming Back-to-School picnic on Thursday, September 17th. Hot dogs, chips and watermelon will be provided.  Please remain with us to participate in Wilson’s Curriculum Night and visit your child’s classroom.


Wilson Wildcats are on Facebook! Like and follow us at


School Meal PricesThe cost of elementary school meals are as follows: $1.50 for breakfast, $2.50 for lunches (includes milk); $0.50 for milk.   Adults are welcome to join us for lunch. Price of an adult lunch is $3.50.


Early Dismissal on FridaysElementary school students K-5 will be dismissed at 1:40 on Fridays, one hour early. Early dismissal allows teachers time to plan to meet the learning needs of students. Regular dismissal Monday through Thursday is at 2:40.


Title Programs Survey

Attached to your First Day of School Packet you will find a Title Programs Survey. Federal Title programs provide additional resources to schools based on the number of students and families who meet the criteria. Please complete and return this survey so that we will have an accurate accounting for Wilson. If you have questions about the survey, you may call the district’s Instructional Services office at 541-757-5781


MEDICATION AT SCHOOLIf your child needs to take medication at school, there are important rules you will need to know. It is a state law that all medication must be sent to school in the original container. In addition, the school must have written permission from the parent and physician before we can administer prescription medication. Prescription containers with a current date serve as the doctor’s written permission and only need to be accompanied by parent written permission. Over-the-counter medication can only be administered if we have written permission from the parent. Medication may not be self-administered by students without additional requirements.   Any medication found in the possession of a student will be confiscated and sent home at the end of the day.The school will not administer medications that can be given at home before or after school. Only medications that must be taken mid-day during school hours will be given. The school office has limited locked storage space, so we cannot store medications such as those for coughs and colds on an “as needed” basis. We are happy to accept medications and help your child take them when they have symptoms of such illnesses, but medications will be sent home when they are no longer needed.



Volunteers are an important part of the school program. We welcome those who are able to give their time, either on a regular schedule or for specific projects and events. Classroom volunteering will begin in early October.

The district requires all volunteers to complete a criminal history background check every other year. Volunteers must have their background check cleared before volunteering in schools. Confidential Criminal Background Check forms must be completed online from the school district’s website. Go to Click on the Parents tab, then click Volunteer Opportunities from the dropdown list. On the left of the screen, you will see FORMS. Under Confidential Criminal Background Check Forms, click either English or Spanish to access the form. If you need help or don’t have access to a computer, come in to the school office and we will be happy to help you.


Elementary School Strings Program

The annual Elementary Strings Kick-Off will be held Wednesday, September 30th at the Corvallis High School Auditorium (1400 NW Buchanan St.) from 7 to 8:30pm. Third, fourth, and fifth graders (public, private, and homeschool) and their parents are invited to register for beginning violin, viola, and cello lessons at 509J schools. Meet the teachers, register for classes, and rent an instrument from Gracewinds Music—all on September 30th!

For further information please visit or phone our office at 541-766-4903. Classes begin the week of October 5th and continue through May 2016.

Elementary Strings (ES), the Willamette Valley Junior Honors Symphony (JHS), and the Corvallis Youth Symphony (CYS) are programs of the Corvallis Youth Symphony Association (CYSA) which is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization.


Please call with questions or concerns; 541-766-4903 (office).

Cheryl Stratton, CYSA Orchestra Manager




Be a Ready Parent and raise a Ready Child! Join our special class to help your kindergartner get started right. Families with 3 and 4 year olds welcome too. Learn how to build skills in your children that research shows are the most important for school success. Learn techniques to teach children how to express feelings, calm down, share, wait and take turns. Learn new ways to help a child stick with it when learning a new task and steps you can teach them to solve real-life problems. We’ll talk about effective ways to build children’s knowledge of shapes, numbers, and early reading skills too. Class in Spanish runs at the same time.


Dates: Thursdays, September 24th through November 19th, 8 sessions

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Free dinner @ 5:30 PM

Location: Lincoln Elementary School, 110 SE Alexander Ave., Corvallis

Fee: Free

Free Child Care is provided. Free Children’s Books for you too!

Call to sign up: LBCC Family Connections 541-917-4899.

This class is made possible through a partnership of Corvallis School District and LBCC Parenting Education.









Invitation to the Community from the Corvallis School District Board of Directors

The Corvallis School District Board of Directors is seeking applications for an interim board member, position #6. The interim term runs September 14, 2015 through June 30, 2017


  1. Resident of the District for at least one year as of September 14, 2015.
  2. Qualified voter of the District.
  3. Not an employee of the District.
  4. Attend the September 14, 2015 School District Board of Directors meeting and participate in the selection process.

To Apply:

Full application details are available at, or by contacting Board Secretary Julie Catala via email at or via telephone at 541.757.5841. In order to be considered, applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 28, 2015.


Applicants are required to attend the September 14, 2015 School District Board of Directors meeting and participate in the selection process. It is a public meeting and will involve a five-minute presentation by each applicant responding to questions that will be provided in advance.

All inquiries should be directed to Board Secretary Julie Catala via email at or via telephone at 541.757.5841.




The Corvallis Parks & Recreation Department is offering the following exciting youth sports opportunities during the fall season. Parks & Recreation offers youth sports programs that are safe, fun, teach basic skills and promote a lifelong love of sports and exercise.


For more information or to register online, go to or call 541-766-6918.


Intro to Flag Football

Football fun on Saturday mornings! Bring your child to the park to meet

new friends and learn basic football skills. This hour-long program includes

practices and scrimmages with smaller footballs. Flags and belt

included. Registration deadline: October 15, 2015

Grades: K – 2

Location: Garfield Park / CHS

Fee: Corvallis Resident: $35, Non-resident: $44

Dates: Sat, October 10 – Sat, November 14

Time: 9:00 – 10:00 am


Flag Football

Receiving a pass, running a play, kicking a football! Children learn the

skills that make flag football so much fun! Teams formed by number of participants. Two practices each week right after school for 90 minutes. Games are played on Saturday mornings. Players receive free flags and a belt to keep.

Grades: 3rd – 5th

Location: Practices at your school, Games at Garfield Park or LPMS.

Fee: Corvallis Resident: $55, Non-resident: $68

Mon, October 5 – Sat, November 21

Practices: Right after school for 90 minutes.

Games: TBA.

Intro to Volleyball

Come and learn the basics of the game of volleyball, meet new friends and have fun playing informal games.

Location: Cheldelin Middle School

Grades: Kindergarten – 2nd

Fee: Corvallis resident: $35. Non-resident: $44

Dates: Saturday’s October 10 – November 21

Time: 9:00 – 10:00 AM


Elementary School Volleyball

Come and learn the skills that make volleyball fun. Volunteer coaches will

teach the beginner the basics of the game and strengthen the skills of the

experienced player in this recreational program. Teams prac­tice twice

weekly right after school and play games on Saturday morn­ings. Coaches will call with

your practice day some­time the week before the program begins.

Grades: 3rd – 5th

Location: Practices at your school, Games at LPMS.

Fee: Corvallis resident: $55, Non-resident: $68

Dates: Mon, October 5 – Sat, November 21

Practices: Right after school for 90 minutes.

Games: TBA.


Escuelita de Fútbol (Youth Soccer)

Let your child experience the world of soccer through teamwork and skill building while making

new friends. Participants are divided by age groups and taught appropriate skills for their level.

Program is on Saturday’s beginning Oct. 17, 2015.


Location: Lincoln Elementary School

Fee: Corvallis resident: $35. Non-resident: $44

Dates: Oct. 17 – Nov. 21

Ages: 3 – 4      9 – 10am

Grades: K – 1  10 – 11am

Grades: 2 – 3  11 – 12:30pm

Grades: 4 – 5  12:30 – 2pm

Lacrosse Clinics

Come and learn about Lacrosse, the fastest growing youth sport in America. Coaches and players will introduce the sport to newcomers and expand the skills of experienced players in a clinic setting.

Clinic Dates: January 23, 2016 – 12:00 – 2:00

February 20, 2016 -12:00 – 2:00

Fee:     $5.00 per clinic. Pre-registration is preferred but you may register at the clinic.

Location: Corvallis Sports Park 175 SW Twin Oaks Circle

Parents will need to accompany participants to complete the Sports Park liability form.